Eucharistic Ministers of Care
Many of our Parishioners due to illness, limited mobility and other health related issues are unable to join us to celebrate the Eucharist at Sunday Mass. There are also many Catholics who are residents at Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Paradise Park, Salem Village and Joshua Arms who are unable to attend Sunday Mass. The Eucharistic Ministers of Care visit and help to make them feel they are part of our Eucharistic Community. The ministers bring the Holy Eucharist, read the Gospel, pray and visit with the homebound parishioners and nursing home residents.
This is a very rewarding Ministry; the people we visit are so grateful and show so much faith and love of the Eucharist. Our ministers have said many times we receive so much more than we give. It really is a privilege to serve these faith-filled people, they are a real inspiration to all of us.
Being a Eucharistic Minister of Care requires a minimum of time, usually two to three hours one Sunday a month. With the growth of our parish, we have an increased need for ministers to serve the nursing homes and our parishioners who are homebound. Please consider joining us in this important and rewarding ministry.
For more information or to join this ministry, contact George Zimmerman 815-485-8049.
The following are some comments from our ministers:
“It is a blessing to be able to serve in this ministry. I get more from it than those we serve.”
“I feel truly blessed to be able to serve the members of our Parish who are unable to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion. They have shown so much love for our Lord and so much patience with their trials.”
“The minimal time commitment is small compared to the rewards. Through the time I have been involved in this ministry, I have met some wonderful, caring people.”
"I've been very blessed and I say this in a very humble way, that I was called "Father" by many residents. I've administered to the dying, and to family members at their bed side. If anyone ever wants to live out their Catholic Faith, I humbly say this is truly the way to do it. "
God's Blessings on all our Ministers of Care especially: John Beland and Irene Watson for nearly 40 years of Service, Judy Thomas and Pat Ducett for over 30 years of service, and those who are leaving the Ministry: Elaine Beland, Mary Ann Murphy, Pam Schibli, Barb Bormet, Bob Thompson, and Tracy Kucia.